It’s that time of year again. When you walk through a store and see adorable Halloween costumes for your cat. As many of you know, Nala loves dressing up and having her photo taken but we know that not all cats love it. Here are some tips that have worked for our cats.
No matter what age you adopt your cat, it’s best to start dressing them up early so they get used to it. We found it works best if positive reinforcements are accompanied by the costume such as treats and tons of compliments. We pretend we are photographers for supermodels and say things like “you look so cute”, “we’ve never seen a witch look so fierce”, “you’re such a supermodel.” It may feel silly but we think it works like a charm.
Simple is Best
We started with simple costumes first. Hats work great as a first step. We put on a party hat on Nala and she didn’t seem to mind so we proceeded with a shirt. With Coffee, we started with his signature bowtie and moved up to more complex costumes.
Get the Right Size
Make sure that it’s the right size so your cat can move and breathe easily. We’ve had many outfits that were too big or too small so it’s best to measure your pet instead of relying on sizes.
Make sure to supervise your cat when they’re wearing a costume. You never know what will happen when you’re not around.
No means no so don’t force it. If your cat isn't interested in any costumes, please respect them. Apollo expressed not being interested in dressing up and we honor that by not forcing it.